Canonical's Ubuntu Edge.
This phone has 4gb of ram and 128gb of storage. It will be able to run a full desktop Ubuntu OS as well as the mobile Ubuntu and Android.
Although it looks impressive, it is largely untested technology, made by a company with no experience in phones. Also I worry about battery life when they give that much power.
What do you all think about it?
I would agree with that statement if a working model was in production already and you donating the money ensured that more phones would be made. However, with estimated delivery being for May 2014, I am going to suspect that they haven't really fully made a production model yet. Considering the difficulty that Pebble has had in rolling out a watch that is far less capable than this phone, I'm extremely skeptical in a May 2014 target date.
Yes, Pebble does a lot less, but keep in mind the difference in company size and how much of the software is already done given that desktop Ubuntu and Ubuntu on Android are working products.
They've $3 million for the $32 million they're looking for. I wonder if the $600 option is going to discourage people who missed the launch from backing the campaign. I was a little dispirited to see that I missed that option and I wasn't playing on funding in the first place.
Hopefully, they succeed and another option hits the market.
Extending this thought, what if other phones used the crowdfunding model before production, such that manufacturers may make a better phone?
Lets pretend the Moto X went this route. Spec nerds are not happy about the lack of 1080p screen. They see the 720p screen and choose to not fund it, and the crowdfunding campaign falls through. They then would maybe re-iterate the design with the concerns of the people, and reintroduce it with a 1080p screen. The phone then gets funded, and Motorola may get a phone that sells better.
It also would work to stop production on phones that nobody wants. (and as much as it hurts me to make this joke...)
I do hope more companies use this type of project to experiment with form factors and new software.